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COVID-19 MEMBER RESOURCE CENTER

The NHCBA Officers - President, Giovanni Spennato; President-Elect, Shari Shore; Treasurer, Joe Porto; Secretary, Amanda Nugent and Past-President, Dave Vegliante - as well as,  the NHCBA office staff, Executive Director, Gillian Fattal, Lawyer Referral Service Coordinator, Anne Herlihy and Event Coordinator, Cindy Martin, have been working remotely evaluating Association programs and events in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

It is our desire to be a resource to you as you navigate these challenging times. Frequent memos on information that you may find helpful will be emailed directly to you as well as posted in this Resource Center covering ten key areas:

 

1.    Updates from State and Federal Courthouses

2.    COVID-19 Task Force for the Connecticut bar

3.    Government programs/Public Benefits

4.    Lawyer Referral Service

5.    Webinars for Judges/Attorneys/Legal professionals

6.    State and Local Government Action

7.     Practice Tools and Remote Work

8.    Wellness 

9.    Continuing Legal Education

10.  Member Community support: Wills for Heroes/Feed the Hungry

 

Please find COVID-19 Information from Federal and State Courts here :

 

State of Connecticut: https://jud.ct.gov/COVID19.htm

 

United States District Courts, District of Connecticut: http://www.ctd.uscourts.gov/

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CT guidance on reopening offices for May 20, 2020

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DECD/Covid_Business_Recovery/CTReopens_Offices_C4_V1.pdf?la=en

 

COURT NOTICES - go to jud.ct.gov for full notice

July 29, 2020: The Judicial Branch is Expanding its Remote Capabilities

July 20, 2020: Immediate stay on the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through September 1, 2020

    July 20, 2020: Order extending strict foreclosure law days to September 9, 2020

    July 17, 2020: Connecticut Guide to Remote Hearings For Attorneys and Self-Representive Parties

    July 09, 2020: Order extending foreclosure sale dates to October 3, 2020 and foreclosure committee bar dates to August 26, 2020

    July 08, 2020: Fiscal Impact of the Pandemic on the Judicial Branch’s Budget; Appropriations Committee’s Informational Forum, July 6, 2020

    July 01, 2020: CT Judicial Branch Continues to Expand Court Operations

     

    Effective June 24, 2020, the court will begin to conduct remote, non-evidentiary hearings on the record in civil matters.  Please check your E-Services inbox regularly for scheduling notices.  DO NOT COME TO COURT ON THE DATE OF THE HEARING.   The hearing will be conducted remotely by videoconference from a virtual courtroom using the Microsoft Teams platform.   Please review the information on the Judicial Branch website at  https://jud.ct.gov/remotejustice/  for important information on how to prepare for the hearing and instructions on how to download the Teams app to your device.

    jud.ct.gov
    State of Connecticut Judicial Branch


    Beginning with the June 29, 2020 short calendar, all arguable motions on civil Indical calendars that are marked ready will be scheduled for a remote hearing on the record at a later date. DO NOT COME TO COURT ON THE DATE OF THE SHORT CALENDAR.  You will receive a notice of the date and time that your matter is scheduled for hearing.

    Note: In order to participate in these remote hearings, you must timely respond to the scheduling notice by providing your email address and phone number as directed in the notice . You then will be emailed instructions on how to access the hearing.

     

    June 25, 2020: Update on Requesting Approval of QDROs

    June 17, 2020: Virtual (Video) Hearings and Future Scheduling of Family Court Matters

      June 17, 2020: Superior Court for Family Matters Notice to Parties and Counsel

      June 10, 2020: The Suspension that Applies to Appellate filings in cases pending before the Supreme and Appellate Courts has been Removed

        June 9, 2020: Order extending foreclosure sale dates to August 22, 2020 and foreclosure committee bar dates to July 15, 2020

          June 9, 2020: Order extending strict foreclosure law days to August 4, 2020

            June 9, 2020: Immediate stay of the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through August 1, 2020

            June 4, 2020: Connecticut Judicial Branch Continues with Expansions of Operations

            May 29, 2020: The Sentence Review docket for June is canceled.

            May 28, 2020: The Judicial Branch is Expanding its Remote Capabilities

              May 27, 2020: Limited Operations to Resume in Three Currently Closed Courthouses

                May 26, 2020: CSSD Update on Juvenile Detention Centers – PowerPoint presented on May 21, 2020

                May 20, 2020: Notice re: Special Sessions of the Supreme and Appellate Courts

                • Supreme Court arguments via videoconferencing will be held on June 1, June 3, June 5, June 10, June 12, and June 22, 2020.
                • Appellate Court arguments via videoconferencing will be held on June 15, June 17, June 19, June 29, and July 1, 2020.
                • Assignment details are available on the Supreme and Appellate Courts' webpages.

                May 20, 2020: Interim COVID-19 Criminal Procedures and Technical Standards

                May 18, 2020: Parenting Education Class offered Online

                  May 15, 2020: Strict Foreclosure Order

                  • All Judgments of Strict Foreclosure entered in matters with law days prior to July 7, 2020 are opened by the Court for the sole purpose of extending the Law Day in those matters to July 7, 2020 for the owner of equity of redemption and thereafter for subsequent encumbrancers in the inverse order of their priorities. The plaintiff in those matters is hereby ordered to file a notice of the new law day in the court file.

                  May 15, 2020: Message Regarding Remote Family Pretrials and Status Conferences
                  Please Do Not File Motions for Continuance

                    May 14, 2020: Simplifying the process for Self-Represented Parties to E-File their documents

                    May 13, 2020: Criminal Matters Continue Expanding its Capability to Handle Cases

                    May 7, 2020: Judicial Branch Continues to Expand Types of Cases Handled Remotely

                      May 7, 2020: Family Matters Update

                      May 6, 2020: Connecticut Fall 2020 Bar Examination - Update

                        May 5, 2020: Requesting Approval of QDROs Electronically

                          May 5, 2020: Requesting Approval of Gestational Agreements Remotely

                          May 1, 2020: Effective with the May 18, 2020 calendars, arguable motions marked take papers on all Indical calendars will be ruled on by the Court. Matters marked ready will be marked off by the Court and must be reclaimed.

                          • Judges will continue to rule on certain civil non-arguable short calendar matters that have been marked take papers on Short Calendar 10 and Indical calendars. Starting with the May 18, 2020 calendar, both arguable and non-arguable motions will print on all Indical calendars assigned to a specific judge under the Individual Calendaring Program. Judges will rule on arguable and non-arguable motions that are marked take papers. Arguable motions marked ready instead of take papers will be marked off by the Court and must be reclaimed. Attorneys are required to mark their motions electronically unless they have an exemption from e-filing. Self-represented parties and e-filing exempt attorneys can call in their markings to the number listed on their calendar notice. We continue to appreciate your patience as we expand civil court business during these unprecedented times.

                          April 30, 2020: Rules Committee of the Superior Court Suspended Certain Rules of Practice and Procedure

                          • On March 24, 2020, the Rules Committee of the Superior Court suspended the operation of certain rules of practice and procedure for the duration of the present public health emergency, including Practice Book § 2-70 concerning collection of the annual client security fund fee. As a result, collection of the 2020 client security fund fee has been suspended until further notice. Attorneys will be notified once suspension of the rule has been lifted and a new due date for the 2020 fee has been established. Please do not send payment of the 2020 security fund fee until notified to do so.

                          CT Judicial Branch Expands Remote Capabilities to Include More Family Cases

                          Please see the Order, here: https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/HandlingFamilyMattersRemotely.pdf

                           

                          Today, Thursday, April 30th, Attorneys Stephanie Cummings and Holly Wheeler, of Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey presented Business Impacts under FFCRA and CARES Act.

                          For more information please visit the Carmody Covid-19 resource center at:

                          https://www.carmodylaw.com/news_and_alerts/carmody-covid-19-coronavirus-resource-center/

                          You may also email Stephanie at scummings@carmodylaw.com and Holly at hwheeler@carmodylaw.com

                           

                           

                           

                          Important news: Chief Justice Robinson announces that the Supreme Court of Connecticut is in session! Oral arguments will be heard remotely for the first time...

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                          STATE OF CONNECTICUT BY HIS EXCELLENCY NED LAMONT

                          EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7CC 

                          Click here to see the full order

                           

                          April 22, 2020: Governor Lamont Executive Order

                          • Pursuant to Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7BB, effective immediately no person is permitted to enter a Judicial Branch courthouse or facility without covering his/her mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.

                          April 17, 2020: Civil Short Calendar

                          • Civil Short Calendar will be reinstated effective May 4, 2020 for non-arguable matters, but no short calendar court sessions will be held until the Judicial Branch resumes normal operations. For more information

                           

                          The Connecticut Judicial Branch has developed a webpage to help you navigate the many changes the Branch has implemented, as a result of COVID-19. The page is updated as changes occur.

                          The website is: jud.ct.gov/COVID19.htm

                           

                          Additional Resources:

                          The United States District Court District of Connecticut Coronavirus Guidance

                          CBA Responds to Covid-19

                          United States Courts Judiciary Preparedness for Coronavirus 

                           

                           

                            


                           

                           

                           

                           

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